Kilkenny - It’s back to the old country for In Tua Nua

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Leslie Dowdall of In Tua Nua on their way to Kilkenny

Leslie Dowdall of In Tua Nua on their way to Kilkenny

In Tua Nua are reuniting and coming back to Kilkenny to celebrate 30 years since the release of The Long Acre.
That album, along with a slew of hit singles including All I Wanted, Seven into the Sea, Somebody to Love, and Don’t Fear Me Now, made In Tua Nua one of Ireland’s most iconic bands of the 1980s.
The line-up will play The Set Theatre, John Street on Friday, September 28.
Released on Virgin Records in 1988, The Long Acre became a huge US college radio hit, remaining in the charts for six months and paving the way for a 28 date North American tour.
Premier Live Act
By this point, the band were well established as one of Ireland’s premier live acts, having already supported Bob Dylan at Slane Castle and U2 on the European leg of their Joshua Tree Tour and going on to share the stage with Fleetwood Mac, Simple Minds and Eurythmics, among many others.
Since then, the band have reunited on various occasions, notably for a string of gigs in 2004 and Electric Picnic in 2012. They hit the road again in 2017, touring to celebrate the 30th anniversary of their time spent on the Joshua Tree Tour.
Prolific
When not playing together, the band members are still prolific in Irish music. Lead singer Leslie Dowdall has released two albums, claiming a smash hit with single Wonderful Thing.
Drummer and singer Paul Byrne released his critically acclaimed Cruel and Tender Ways in 2014, while also playing with The Drays, The Unelectables and The Guilty Party.
When not playing, Paul also organises and curates the A Night For concert series for Pieta House and Aware at the Olympia Theatre and The Howth Jazz and Blues Festival.
Bassist Jack Dublin has experienced international success with the studio project Audiokiss, most recently charting in the US digital charts with his single I Don’t Wanna Say.
The new live line-up includes Conn Woolridge on the fiddle, Sarge O’Hara on keys, Johnny Daly on guitar and Martin Nolan on uileann pipes.
Audiences can expect to hear songs from The Long Acre alongside some of the bands most well-known hits.
Tickets are available from www.set.ie